ICONIC DESTINATION CONNECTING ECOLOGY, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS.
I-395 PEDESTRIAN BAYWALK & BIKEWAY BRIDGE
The future Miami Baywalk connection in front of the cultural district exemplifies a preeminent opportunity to demonstrate sustainable and socially conscious leadership for our nation’s future infrastructure. The holistic design philosophy layers a profound set of solutions woven together to establish new transit connectivity for the City of Miami and heighten broad community access to ecology, science and the arts within a cultural center of the Biscayne Bay. The project has the potential to become both a local and international destination that will contribute to the cultural and economic engine of Miami.
The primary purpose of the project is to establish pedestrian continuity of the Baywalk under the MacArthur Causeway linking to the existing Baywalk fronting the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). This proposed implementation embodies an ambitious strategy, integrating both current and future non-vehicular transit into a comprehensive multi-modal network connector accessible to all. Community and stakeholder feedback stressed the importance of local ecological resources within the marine habitat. These criteria provide significant influence on our approach to the structure and construction process.
A design highlight is the Oculus, an underwater viewing element highlighting the marine ecology native to the environment. The elliptical lens emerges from the water integrated with an artificial reef to be used for mitigation and ecological enhancement with a focus on interpretive education.